Dale Sveum will continue closer-by-committee approach
BY GORDON WITTENMYER firstname.lastname@example.org April 17, 2013 11:13PM
Updated: April 17, 2013 11:23PM
The Cubs’ second rainout in eight days Wednesday against the Texas Rangers didn’t cause manager Dale Sveum any problems in deciding what to do with his starting rotation.
Wednesday’s scheduled starter, Carlos Villanueva, moves into Thursday’s slot against the Rangers, and everybody behind him stays on rotation after that.
But the closer situation stayed as cloudy and volatile as this week’s weather.
“We’ll just stay with what we’re doing,’’ said Sveum, whose second of three closers already this season — Kyuji Fujikawa — is on the disabled list with a sore elbow.
That means the Cubs, who are tied with the St. Louis Cardinals for most blown saves (four) in the majors, will stay with a ninth-inning-by-committee approach, despite a suggestion by Sveum over the weekend that Carlos Marmol might get another shot at the role.
On Wednesday, Sveum said he planned to put Fujikawa back into the role when he’s back from the DL, although that timeline is anything but certain.
Rehabbing pitcher Matt Garza (left lat) is scheduled to make four minor-league rehab starts, beginning with a two-inning start Friday for Kane County — after which the Cubs will determine whether he needs a fifth before returning from the disabled list. If all goes as planned, that could put him back in the Cubs’ rotation during the May 13-15 home series against Colorado.
A makeup date for Wednesday’s rainout has not been scheduled, and the process could get more complicated if the series finale is postponed Thursday.
The Rangers aren’t scheduled to play again this season at Wrigley, leaving the teams to settle on a mutual off day for a rescheduled game or leave it to the end of the season, to be played if necessary to determine a playoff spot.